Policy Interventions in Achieving Water Security in India

  • Jaya Tiwari Dubey
  • V. Subramanian
  • Narendra Kumar


Burgeoning world population, climate change at a rapid rate, a huge shift in global financial systems, and international conflicts are some of the biggest obstacles of the twenty-first century in ensuring water security. Since the globe is interconnected, any adverse or negative changes in one part of the world have a cascading effect in other nations also, and India is no exception of it. India too faces the global as well as local challenges in tackling the water security issues. In recent years it has been realized that it is not the issue of population explosion, climate change, international conflicts, but a major part of the problem is corruption and poor governance. Hence, it is imperative that the utilization, allocation, distribution, exploitation, regeneration, and preservation of water are done at all levels and monitored at the highest level in transparent and logical way; this process must include the opinions of most of the stakeholders and policymakers alike to fulfill the demands of industry and individual to also preserve this precious resource. The issue of water security is not limited to availability only, but it goes beyond it, which ranges from the individual’s fundamental right to national sovereignty rights over water, and it also includes the role of government in equitable sharing and affordability of water.

Thus, there is a need to have an appropriate policy and legal framework to regulate and distribute water resources of India. Keeping this in mind, the current chapter comprehensively reviewed the role of policy in resolving various water-related issues in India and ensuring water security.


Equitable sharing Judicial activism Policy Water rights Water scarcity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaya Tiwari Dubey
    • 1
  • V. Subramanian
    • 2
  • Narendra Kumar
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Environmental SciencesAsian Institute of Public HealthBhubaneswarIndia
  2. 2.School of Environmental SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Environmental ScienceBabasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (A Central University)LucknowIndia

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